Apple Watch users, get ready for some exciting news. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the next major version of watchOS, watchOS 10, will feature significant changes, including notable updates to the user interface. The new watchOS will be officially unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.
watchOS 10 to be more than a facelift update for Apple Watch
The design of watchOS hasn’t changed much in recent years. The recent releases have introduced iterative improvements to features like activity tracking and a handful of new watch faces. However, Gurman believes that this year will be different, and watchOS 10 will be a fairly extensive upgrade, with notable changes to the user interface.
This is an exciting prospect for Apple Watch users, as the more major software update will be in contrast to a relatively minor year in terms of hardware. Gurman previously said iOS 17 will have some nice-to-have features, while a more significant update to Apple Watch hardware is expected to arrive next year.
It’s important for watchOS to have a big year given that this year’s Apple Watch hardware updates are not expected to be anything major. The first Apple Watch to feature a micro-LED display is expected to arrive next year, but in the meantime, Apple has seeded its latest round of betas, including macOS 13.4 for the Mac.
Apple is rumored to be planning a new Mac Pro with an M2 Ultra chip and new MacBook Air models with an M3 chip. Gurman said Apple will add support for new Macs in macOS 13.4, which is likely to be released to the public in May.
While details on the changes coming to watchOS 10 are still scant, we can expect that Apple will focus on improving the user experience and adding new features to make the Apple Watch even more indispensable. We can also expect to see some improvements to the health and fitness tracking features, which are a cornerstone of the Apple Watch’s appeal.
The Apple Watch has come a long way since its debut in 2015, and with watchOS 10, we can expect it to become even more capable and user-friendly. We’ll have to wait until WWDC in June to see what Apple has in store, but one thing is for sure: the Apple Watch is here to stay, and it’s only going to get better.